Energy

Electricity 08-12-2017

A new era: The digitalisation of Europe’s energy system

The clean energy transition requires first and foremost bridging energy and digital economy. The single energy market and the digital single market must go hand-in-hand, argues Dominique Ristori.

Electricity 06-12-2017

Europe is not fighting hard enough to keep out coal subsidies

To prevent coal subsidies, the European Commission proposed a CO2 threshold for power plants to receive public subsidies. However, due to last minute edits from current EU President, Estonia, the door will be open for existing high-carbon power plants to receive public money to stay online, writes Kathrin Gutmann.

05-12-2017

Common failures in predicting future oil demand

In a world where technologies are evolving at a blistering pace, many are struggling to make smart choices, especially in the area of transport, writes Pete Harrison.

Climate change 04-12-2017

An implementation plan for CCS and CCU in Europe

2017 has seen a number of positive developments for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in Europe. The EU now needs to put in place a long-term policy framework that incentivises this low-carbon technology in Europe, writes Graeme Sweeney.

EU Priorities 2020 01-12-2017

Mission possible: Vision 2030!

EU needs more, better and smarter money to convert research and innovation into engines for growth and jobs, writes Nils Røkke.  European researchers stand ready to foster competitiveness, creating new and disruptive industries. But only if we work together. Here is how.

30-11-2017

Fair fuel pricing: A test for Europe’s climate ambitions

Is the EU committed enough to increase taxes on fossil fuels? That is a question that needs to be raised now considering the long-running debate on the best measures, including energy taxation, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, write Kai Schlegelmilch and Zoltán Szabó.

 

Electric cars 29-11-2017

Europe cannot afford to be overtaken on electric vehicles

Cities, states, countries and regions must work together to share successful policy approaches to meeting climate targets, including approaches to facilitate rapid adoption of low-carbon vehicles, insist Joschka Fischer, Margo Oge and Yunshi Wang.

29-11-2017

Southern Gas Corridor is a living example of multilateral cooperation in the EU’s East

The multi-billion euro Southern Gas Corridor should not be seen as a mere energy security project; it is a robust interconnectivity initiative which will bring closer other partners in Central Asia seeking access to the EU market, writes the Embassy of Azerbaijan to the EU.

24-11-2017

Europe’s murky Eastern energy deals

Millions of euros in public money are being invested in large infrastructure projects in the EU’s eastern neighbours in total disregard for Europe’s climate goals, and local communities, writes Manana Kochladze.

22-11-2017

Next German government must not fight for right to pollute

The next German government must embrace EU protections rather than fight for the right to pollute, insists Christian Schaible.

22-11-2017

An agenda for Germany’s ecological modernisation

No matter which parties will eventually form a coalition, Germany’s next government will continue with an agenda of ecological modernisation, writes Arne Jungjohann. Based  on exploratory coalition talks, he explains how such an agenda could look like.

21-11-2017

Are we there yet? Current state of the smart home market

The smart home is capturing headlines with its futuristic possibilities of smart cars, fridges and thermostats all connected to each other. However, it is important to be realistic. The current state of the smart home is not even close to this vision, writes Paige Leuschner.

17-11-2017

Radiator valves: A simple trick to achieve CO2 targets in the building sector

Energy savings can be very low cost and easy. You can cut bills, energy imports and CO2 emissions through individual room temperature control, for example through thermostatic radiator valves. Sarah Brückner explains.

Climate change 17-11-2017

Climate change fight is great opportunity for Europe’s labourers

For decades, labourers were presented with a false choice: good jobs or a clean environment. They were told that efforts to cut pollution would kill jobs—that they had to choose between clean air and the economy. Now we know better, insists Kathleen Van Brempt.

Health 16-11-2017

No excuse to pollute: Why coal is on trial in Greece

Illegal pollution from coal power plants is an issue all over Europe - the latest plants facing legal action are in Greece. It’s time for all of Europe’s governments to move beyond the dirtiest source of energy, insists Eleni Diamantopoulou.

Agrifood 14-11-2017

Transport needs to do a lot more to fight climate change

Transport is the second biggest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the world, accounting for more than one fifth of all emissions. But progress in reducing these emissions is among the slowest of all sectors, warns Eric Sievers.

Climate change 09-11-2017

Climate change and local government: Leading the charge in Europe

The mantra of the green movement used to be ‘think globally, act locally’. As the latest round of the UN climate talks begins in Bonn this week, those leading the European Union’s delegation would do well to remember these words, writes Stefano Bonaccini.

07-11-2017

Celebrating France’s solar energy leadership

As the world gathers in Bonn for the COP23 climate conference, it is imperative to acknowledge and celebrate success in order to maintain the momentum required for us to collectively reach our climate goals, writes Stefan Degener.

Climate change 07-11-2017

We need to talk about climate refugees

Climate change is not just about polar bears, it is about all life on our planet, and it poses a threat to humanity as great – or greater – than war or terrorism. Steve Trent warns that climate change is increasingly viewed as a threat to global peace.

 

06-11-2017

Does EU gas policymaking take customers’ interest into account?

Ahead of a reform of the EU rules to cover offshore gas pipelines, in its latest attempt to regulate Russia’s planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Danila Bochkarev offered his comments.

A fair transition or lock-in to a coal-plagued future?

Are EU policymakers considering spending EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) funds in favor of coal?  It surely seems so if one examines carefully the recent history of the ETS file, writes Nikos Mantzaris.

 

Climate change 02-11-2017

Gas lobby keeps Europe hooked on fossil fuels

As the COP23 UN climate talks open in Bonn, the European Commission and EU member states are embarking on a massive spending spree to subsidise new gas infrastructure that will make it impossible to achieve the global warming targets agreed two years ago in Paris, writes Pascoe Sabido.

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27-10-2017

Biomass is key for realising climate goals and implementing elements of circular economy

Environmental issues are currently one of the hottest problems in the European Union. There is a general recognition that stopping climate change requires definite and urgent actions, as well as setting ambitious goals by all countries - not only European ones.

27-10-2017

A coal phase-out in Europe can be planned

Italy just added its name to the list of country’s pledging to phase out coal. A fair energy transition requires significant efforts but there is experience to build on, writes Julian Schwartzkopff.